Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that he won't seek a third term in 2019.
Emanuel said in a statement released by his office that being mayor "has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime." The Chicago Tribune said he had already raised more than $10 million for another run for a four-year term.
Emanuel, 58, was a Democratic congressman and chief of staff to President Obama before becoming mayor in 2011. He followed Richard M. Daley, who was mayor for more than 20 years. He won a second term in a 2015 runoff.
His surprise announcement comes the day before the start of one of the biggest police-shooting trials in the history of Chicago — the murder trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke. The release two years ago of a dashcam video showing the white officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014 drew the sharpest criticism of Emanuel in his two terms as mayor.